Why the P-51 is still the most beloved airplane at the air show

Red Nose.(Photo by John Willhoff)

Globalair.com blogger Sarina Houston’s latest post is about the venerable P-51, which she claims is the most beloved airplane at any air show. “Whether you know the history of the airplane or not, the Mustang is an airplane that stops you in your tracks. Its beauty captivates you, lures you in, and makes you want to hear its story. And it’s a story worth repeating, air show after air show,” she says. Read it here, then let us know: Do you agree? What’s your favorite airplane at an air show?

NTSB slates safety seminar on accidents during flight training

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Did you know that an aspiring pilot is less likely to have an accident while training than after earning a pilot certificate? Nevertheless, officials with the National Transportation Safety Board say they’ve developed an understanding of when and how training accidents are likely to occur, both through its own investigations and through industry and government research identifying risks involved in both solo and dual instructional flights.

That’s why officials are presenting a seminar highlighting the lessons learned from NTSB’s accident investigations involving instructional accidents. The goal of the July 11 seminar is to give the GA community the tools to decrease the rate of training-related accidents, NTSB officials said. [Read more…]

ICON given green light to begin deliveries

Icon A5 in flight

LOS ANGELES — FAA officials have completed a compliance audit at ICON Aircraft’s Tehachapi, California, facility, which led agency officials to issue the first Special-Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) airworthiness certificate for ICON’s A5.

With this milestone complete, ICON will now begin customer deliveries for the A5, which has a backlog of more than 1,250 orders, according to company officials. [Read more…]

A family affair

Texas Raiders I

A family of aviators from the Houston area will be front and center on Father’s Day weekend at David Wayne Hooks Airport in Spring, Texas.

Crewing the B-17 Flying Fortress “Texas Raiders,” which belongs to the Commemorative Air Force, the Doggett family of Humble, Texas, will celebrate Father’s Day by helping host a Warbird weekend and open house at the local airport. [Read more…]

SPOT integrated with Lockheed Martin Flight Service

SPOT Gen3

Lockheed Martin Flight Service (LMFS) will integrate and provide automated position monitoring for VFR (Visual Flight Rules) flights through Globalstar’s SPOT service.

Using a SPOT Gen3 or a SPOT Trace, GPS tracking reports are generated and forwarded to LMFS. The system keeps track of the aircraft and if the aircraft stops moving or stops sending position reports, an alarm is triggered immediately at LMFS, according to Globalstar officials. [Read more…]